Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Here are some illustrations done for the then-new PBS show, WORD WORLD! In that kid's education program, all objects are made of words, thus prompting kids to read!  It was a challenge creating word-shaped illustrations that were accurate, attractive, and enticing to young viewers and readers! Click images to enlarge!

Monday, December 6, 2010

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Comic Book Art! Archie Comics!

One of the most successful comic book series of the last 20 years is Archie's SONIC THE HEDGEHOG! Followed by now-grown fans of the video game from the 90s, SONIC now sports a loyal following who love the characters, subplots, and relationships among the long-running group! Here are three pages of some of my pencils for the book, with inks by mainstay Al Milgrom! Click each to enlarge and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kenner CREEPER Action Figure Art! Batman! DC Comics!

My pencils (left) and final inked and color package art (right) for the BATMAN figure line from Kenner toys! This time, it's the oddball hero/villain cast member, the Creeper! Click to enlarge!

Monday, September 20, 2010

SUPERGIRL! Breast Cancer Benefit Art! DC Comics!

Here is the rough sketch, as well as the  finished b/w and color art, for a piece submitted to a huge auction effort to support breast cancer prevention! Inked traditionally, then colored in Photoshop, I tried to create an eye-catching piece, incorporating the famous pink ribbon! Click images below to enlarge!

WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN Animation Storyboards!

Here are some pencil samples of storyboards for the WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN cartoon show! An exciting "Danger Room" sequence with Colossus, ShadowCat, and Nightcrawler! Click to enlarge all!

Monday, August 30, 2010

AVENGERS Comic Book Original Art! Scarlet Witch Strikes!

Here is the original art for the "splash page" to an AVENGERS WEST COAST comic story I pencilled! It was great to draw such classic Marvel Comics characters, not only Scarlet Witch, but Iron Man, The Wasp, Vision, and others! This story was also scripted by Marvel writing  legend, Roy Thomas! The printed page appears on the right! Click to enlarge!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tonka NASCAR Coloring and Activity Books!

Here are my double-page spread pencils for a kid's coloring book for Tonka! Spotlighting the NASCAR racers, pit crews, and hardware, all drawn for a very young set! Click to enlarge images!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

TAO BOY Comic Book Cover Roughs and Finished Art!

Here are the rough pencil sketches, as well as the finished inked and colored art, for the upcoming TAO BOY AND ENGINE comic book cover! Step-by-step! Click to enlarge! Characters copyright Bret Bernal.

Monday, July 5, 2010

"Pogo Joker" Card Art from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES! Kenner Action Figure!

Click below to enlarge another sample of my pencil artwork for Kenner Toys and the BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES action figure line! This time it's a variant of the wicked Batman foe, the Joker, complete with his own sinister transportation! My original pencils are on the left, the printed card and toy pictured on the right!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Here is the penciled art for a past DISNEY ADVENTURES magazine feature! Fun to draw characters from THE RESCUERS, SWORD IN THE STONE, and ROBIN HOOD! Click to enlarge!

Friday, June 11, 2010

POWER RANGERS! Custom "Underwear" Comic Book?!

Click below to enlarge another oddball (but fun) item! I provided pencil work for this 8-page POWER RANGERS insert custom comic book! This was packaged with boy's POWER RANGER underwear sets, and sold like hotcakes! You never know what you'll be drawing as a freelance artist

Monday, May 31, 2010

Batman's Robin! Trading Card and--Nightlite?! BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES!

This has to be one of the oddest uses of my art! On the left, below, is artwork I produced in the 90s for a BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES style guide for DC Comics, used here on a trading card. On the right is a 3D bas-relief plug-in nightlite made from the design! Ya never know....Click to enlarge images!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kenner BATMAN "Machine Gun Joker" Action Figure Art! DC Comics!

Here is the artwork used to create the Kenner "Machine Gun Joker" action figure card, as part of the BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES toy line! On the right is the finished product (signed by me for a fan)! Click to enlarge!

Monday, April 19, 2010

POWER RANGERS Character Model Sheets! Hamilton Comics!

Here is an illustration I created to audition for the job of drawing the POWER RANGERS comic book, from Hamilton Comics! I wanted to show that yes, I could draw the superheroes from the popular show, but also the "regular" human actors, their gestures, expressions, likenesses, etc..I got the assignment! Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HAPPY TOOTH! Dental Care Educational Comic Book!

Here are three cover roughs for an interesting assignment from DC Comics! The folks at DC were commissioned to create an educational dental care comic book for dentists to give to their young patients! The main character would demonstrate flossing, brushing, proper eating habits, and more, all in an entertaining format! Click to enlarge!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Classic SPIDER-MAN Comic Cover Painting! Marvel Comics!

Just for fun, I painted this re-interpretation of the famous 1966 SPIDER-MAN cover from issue 42! Originally drawn for Marvel Comics by John Romita Sr., I tweaked the figures a bit, and attempted a more "realistic" version of the scene, using watercolors and ink! Click to enlarge!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

TAO BOY Character Designs!

Here are some pencil sketch designs for the bad guys from a new comic book, TAO BOY AND ENGINE! The two main vile villains are roughed out below! Lots of choices and lots of fun! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More Marvel Superheroes Coloring Book Cover Art!

Below are my pencils for the cover to a second MARVEL SUPERHEROES coloring book! This one sports the Fantastic Four, Thor, and Spider-Girl! Click to enlarge the sketch and the finished product!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dale Jarrett NASCAR T-Shirt Design Rough!

Here is a pencil rough idea for a Dale Jarrett t-shirt design! Part of a series of NASCAR shirts, using driver's caricatures, created for Motorsport Traditions, a racing merchandise firm in Concord, NC! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BATMAN and X-MEN Coloring Book Cover Art! Wolverine!

A few of my coloring book covers, for a BATMAN "Magic Pictures" volume, and an X-MEN coloring book! Click to enlarge!

Monday, March 22, 2010

GHOSTWRITER Comics! Children's Television Workshop!

Here are two pages for the GHOSTWRITER comic strip, for a Children's TV Workshop magazine! Based on the the PBS live-action reading show, the strip ran for over a year in the kid-oriented magazine. I had to capture the actor's likenesses, as well as deliver a fun and action-filled educational strip! Click to enlarge!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Marvel Superheroes Coloring Book Cover Art! Daredevil! Iron Man!

Here is my pencil rough (left) and finished cover (right) for a Marvel Superheroes coloring book! Always great to draw such lesser-known characters such as Daredevil, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.  But, who remembers Triathlon? Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Superman Fan Commission! Start to Finish!

Here are the stages of a recent commission, to create a striking SUPERMAN image! From my original rough pencil sketch, the inked version, the wash gray-tone stage (using watercolors), and the Photoshop colored stage (produced by applying color layers over the wash b/w version)! Click each to enlarge and enjoy!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Disney MONSTERS INC. Comic Book Pencil Roughs!

Below is a page of my rough pencils for a MONSTERS INC. comic book tale, for the "Disney Adventures" comic digest magazine! Sully has a cold, and Mike thinks he has the cure! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Here Come The Monkees! Magazine Illustration!

This was a black and white inked illustration for a Monkees magazine! Lots of caricaturing of the four band members, trying to capture not only the likenesses, but their personalities, and musical positions within the group! Click to enlarge!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Video Game Character Concept Art!

This is a page of character design/concept art for some video game characters, all for a "kid-friendly" kinda game. The sketches only reached the pencilled stage! Click to enlarge!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wild Horses! Paint-by-Numbers Art Sets Pencil Roughs!

Here are some pencil designs for an odd assignment. I was selected to come up with many horse images to render as part of some paint-by-number art sets to be sold in craft stores. Lots of fun depicting pretty horses in action, at rest, and in natural surroundings! Click to enlarge!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mighty THOR Watercolor Painting! Marvel Comics!

Here is a "for fun" watercolor painting (with some ink and colored pencils) of the mighty THOR and his cohorts, as seen in many a Marvel comic book! Lots of fun! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Diving Dolphins" YMCA T-Shirt Roughs!

This is a pencilled rough for a t-shirt design, all for a YMCA promotion to encourage kids to swim and be active! Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Al Bigley ELVIRA Comic Book Page! Bob and Ray! Sabrina!

Here is a fun and oddball page from the ELVIRA comic book tale I pencilled! This story satirized the ABC show, SABRINA, THE TEENAGED WITCH, and was great fun! Look in that final panel for a cameo by radio funnymen Bob and Ray (see pic below)! Inks by the great Mike Manley! Click to enlarge!

Monday, February 22, 2010

"Soldiers" Character Design!

Here are some rough pencil designs for character concepts done for a car dealership chain who wanted some sort of continuing military character. I gave them many choices, from marines to older generals, to a "MacArthur" type! Click to enlarge!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Disney's HERCULES Comic Art Pencilled Page! DISNEY ADVENTURES!

Here is an unused pencilled page featuring the cast of HERCULES, done for DISNEY ADVENTURES MAGAZINE! Click to enlarge!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Marvel Comics OVERPOWER Trading Cards! Mole Man!

Below is my pen-and-ink art for the Marvel Comics OVERPOWER card game/trading card set. These two images depict the FANTASTIC FOUR foes, Puppet Master and Mole Man! Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Monkees "Monkees Heels" Logo?!

Now THIS is an strange one! I designed this logo around 1987 for a North Carolina fan club for the Monkees! I attempted to mix the Monkees logo with the UNC Tar Heels logo, and came up with a favorite design...but for a very oddly-named club! Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Tale of Three Things! Fantastic Four Art!

Here are three fan commissions I drew of The Thing, from the FANTASTIC FOUR Marvel comic book! The first was for a tribute book given to long-time FF artist, Joe Sinnott! What a fun character to draw! The Thing, not Joe, that is. Click to enlarge!

Romance Comics Character Designs and Pencil Roughs!

Here are some character designs for a lead player in some online romance comics I drew a few years back. "Zoe" is a hard-working country gal, complete with a horse stable, and tons of  responsibilities! If only she could find the right guy...Click to enlarge!